An Inspired NYC Office

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Of all of the rooms in a home I glean the most inspiration from, it’s the office. Perhaps it’s my love for marrying form and function (and truly, you can’t get much more functional and productive than in an office space, right?). Still, I’m endlessly intrigued by the way creatives dress up a drab office environment and transform it into an inspired, worthy workspace. Take fashion designer Reed Krakoff’s NYC office, for example…

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How to… Pastel

Pastel is a pretty tricky color story to work with when decorating a home, don’t you think? Often times a collection of light-colored hues can make a room feel too feminine and childish. Yet with the right tools and know-how, pastel can turn a variety of spaces into a light-filled and beautiful room. Here are a few tips for making it work in your own home!:

1. Texture.
Pay special attention to texture when decorating with pastels. Rather than opting for light pink throw pillows or buttercup blankets, try incorporating pastel hues into heavier items with a hard texture, such as wooden coffee tables and metal floor lamps. This keeps the look from feeling too “sweet” and mixes in a bit of toughness for the perfect balance!

2. Shape.
Throw in a few angular items to keep the space feeling fresh and modern. The metal desk lamp above adds so much character to this vignette, primarily because of the detailed angles it provides. Other great shapes to try? Prism-inspired end tables, triangular pillows or even geometric-inspired artwork.

3. Layers.
Don’t forget to layer the space with plenty of natural materials like wood, wool and metal. Layers add a great deal of detail to any room and is the perfect place to “weight” down all of those lighter shades!

So what do you think, friends – are you excited to give pastel a go in your home? Any tips you have when using pastel to decorate your space? I’d love to hear!

Image via PLAZA Interior 

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